Basic Biographical Details

Name: Robert Brown
Designation: Architect
Died: 30 December 1832
Bio Notes: Robert Brown practised in Edinburgh. Nothing is yet known of his training or early years. Post Office directories show that he started as a surveyor but by the mid-1820s is described as an architect. He was responsible for the layout of a number of building estates in the New Town of Edinburgh. He submitted a design for the Calton Hill town planning scheme. He acted as assistant to Robert Reid at the Signet Library. His work was largely in Edinburgh but he also worked in East Lothian and Perthshire.

In 1826 Robert Brown would appear to have been the inventor of a machine for fighting fires several storeys up in tall buildings.

In February 1814 the marriage of Robert Brown's daughter Charlotte was reported in the Caledonian Mercury.

Brown died on 30 December 1832.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 368, Rose Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1815  
Item 2 of 387 (or 82), Rose Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/business(?)c. 1820After 1825 
Item 3 of 363, Frederick Street, Edinburgh, ScotlandPrivate/businessc. 1830  

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 21 Red Heugh Dwelling House and Farm Steading  Edinburgh?ScotlandNamed arbiter - date unknown
Item 2 of 211810Layout of streets in PortobelloPortobello EdinburghScotlandLayout of streets
Item 3 of 21181316 Coates Crescent  EdinburghScotland 
Item 4 of 211813Calton Hill, area to north, inc. Blenheim Pl, Brunswick St, Brunton Pl, Carlton Ter, Elm Row  EdinburghScotlandSubmitted design
Item 5 of 211813Easter Coates House  EdinburghScotlandAlterations
Item 6 of 211815Signet Library  EdinburghScotlandActed as assistant to Robert Reid
Item 7 of 211818Torsonce InnStow MidlothianScotland 
Item 8 of 211822Farmhouse, BarbachlawMusselburgh East LothianScotland 
Item 9 of 211822Layout of streets for the Walker Trust  EdinburghScotland 
Item 10 of 211822Layout of streets on James Eyre's estate  EdinburghScotland 
Item 11 of 211823Newington and St Leonard's ChurchNewington EdinburghScotland 
Item 12 of 2118257,8 and 17,18 Hopetoun Crescent  EdinburghScotlandDesign only
Item 13 of 211825Layout of streets for Major John Hope  EdinburghScotland 
Item 14 of 211825Terrace of houses, 1-8 Haddington Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 15 of 21182727 Walker Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 16 of 211827Rednock House  PerthshireScotlandRebuilding of house
Item 17 of 211828Area of ground belonging to William SibbaldLeith EdinburghScotlandPlan of ground belonging to William Sibbald with dwelling house.
Item 18 of 211829Layout of streets (for James Peddie?), North West Circus Place and St Stephen Street  EdinburghScotland 
Item 19 of 211829Rose Street UP Church  EdinburghScotland 
Item 20 of 211830Layout of houses, 70-88 Hamilton Place  EdinburghScotland 
Item 21 of 211830Yester HouseGifford East LothianScotlandRearrangement of interior. Entrance moved to west end.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, H M1995A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-18403rd editionNew Haven and London: Yale University Press 
Item 2 of 2Post Office Directories     

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this architect:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Caledonian Mercury1 February 1814  p76
Item 2 of 2Hampshire Chronicle23 October 1826